This week: Father Barron delivers on his Catholicism project. Confusion at the UN on abortion. Hearing for the first time. Why does 1 zipcode in NYC have distinctively lower abortion rates? Msgr. Pope speaks on Satan with uncommon clarity. Big government planning, a case study. A quote of the week from Blessed Pope John Paul II.
FINALLY, Father Barron’s long awaited Catholicism project is here. It does not disappoint. Father Barron’s writing and presentation is excellent, as always. The scenes, art and music are stunning. The HD video and surround sound are top notch. It is a compelling work for Catholics, other Christians and non-Christians alike. See it on PBS and EWTN stations around the country (10 episodes) or purchase the DVD series (5 DVDs).
I don’t understand what is happening at the UN. To be clear, I expect nothing but bad from them. Yet, at least some pro-life forces exist there and were able to release a document to the press at the UN (without being shut-down by security). The document is called the San Jose Articles, 9 in all beginning with Article 1 “As a matter of scientific fact a new human life begins at conception.” Then Article 4 “All human beings, as members of the human family, are entitled to recognition of their inherent dignity…”
Austin Ruse explains more over at Catholic Lane.
The pro-death forces will not let this stand.
There is always hope. Imagine being born deaf (“handicapped”) and navigating a silent world for 29 years. Then imagine being blessed by device that in a blink of an eye (literally), changes that:
Now imagine you are only 8 months old, held by your mother, whose voice you never heard:
The abortion rate in NYC is shocking. If you look at this map, you can see the statistics by zipcode by simply hovering your mouse over them.
Notice in southwest Brooklyn an area that is lighter than the others. Where other areas have abort as many as 60%, zipcode 11219 aborts 8.57%. Not zero, but something is at work there. That would be Regina Pacis and Msgr. Ronald Marino. Read the wonderful story of the Chapel of Mary Mother of the Unborn.
Msgr. Charles Pope has a gift for explaining things in a powerful, compelling fashion:
It would be easy if Satan came as he is often portrayed, with horns and a pitchfork. We would naturally flee this ugliness. Alas, he often comes cloaked in beauty, in sheep’s clothing. He claims to offer us freedom and autonomy from an unreasonable God and Church, liberation from rules and being “told what to do.” He cloaks himself in the false righteousness of being “tolerant” and “not judging others.”
Respecting the dignity of every person, big government to the rescue! It’s a good thing that they always know what is best for us.
Quote of the week:
Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.
Blessed Pope John Paul II
Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!